November 16, 1998
Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation related to Work Process and Quality Improvement Deficiencies at the High Flux Isotope Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (EA-98-13)
This letter refers to the Department of Energy's (DOE) evaluation of the circumstances surrounding a number of events that involved work process and quality improvement deficiencies in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The deficiencies involved ongoing and repetitive failures to adhere to Lockheed Martin Energy Research (LMER) established operational controls. These controls ensure that reactor operations are conducted within appropriate safety margins and in accordance with your facility authorization bases.
DOE conducted an onsite evaluation of these occurrences on May 5-7, 1998. The Investigation Summary Report issued August 17,1998, describes the results of the investigation. An Enforcement Conference was held with you and members of your staff on October 2, 1998. This conference included a discussion of the circumstances surrounding the potential violations, their safety significance and the status of corrective actions. A Conference Summary Report is enclosed.